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Noble Identity in the Spanish World

Posted By Elizabeth A. Terry-Roisin, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

What is nobility? Is it based in lineage? In virtue? In the profession of arms or letters? How does the self-concept and identity of the Spanish nobility change from the time of Ferdinand and Isabella to Carlos II? Was there an “inflation of honors” and a disquieting sense of decline? This CFP invites papers on the self-fashioning and self-understanding of nobility in Spain and its sphere of influence, 1400-1700. Papers could focus on an individual family’s political, social, or economic ambitions, or on discourses of nobility in nobilarios, cartas de hidalguía, archival sources, and Spanish Golden Age literature more broadly. Geographic scope includes any region or city in Iberia, the Mediterranean, and the European empire of Charles V, to include the multitude of interactions and relationships between the Spanish, Portuguese, Burgundian, Italian, and German nobility. Also welcome are papers exploring the changing demands upon Spanish nobles at court, at war, and in positions of authority in Italy and elsewhere, and as promoters of Renaissance cultural and political projects.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals for 20-minute papers should include a preliminary title for the paper, an abstract of 150 words, a one-page CV with current affiliation and contact information.

Submit your proposal to by May 23, 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Noble Identity in the Spanish World.”

Tags:  Burgundy  court culture  culture  discourse  hidalguía  Iberia  identity  Italy  Mediterranean  nobility  Renaissance  self-fashioning  Spain 

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